Japanese drummers and Irish tunes: The perfect way to celebrate St. Patty’s Day

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Members of Ho Etsu Taiko play on WGN's After Hours With Rick Kogan.

Members of Ho Etsu Taiko play on WGN’s After Hours With Rick Kogan.

Get into the St. Patrick’s Day mood with two March 9 benefit concerts featuring Ho Etsu Taiko, a Japanese drumming troupe, collaborating with Paddy Homan and other local Irish artists. The event will benefit a new Legacy Garden at the Midwest Buddhist Temple.

In this interview, Rick chats with Jason Matsumoto, Ori Kawahara, Ryan Toguri and Tiana Pyer-Pereira, four of the members of Ho Etsu Taiko, about music and Buddhism. Oh, and they knock our socks off with some beautiful beats.

Click here to learn more about the concert and listen to the interview below.

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